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Motivation and related psychological needs of dropouts in secondary vocational education

Amodeo, M.B.K. (2019) Motivation and related psychological needs of dropouts in secondary vocational education.

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Abstract:This study aims to measure differences in motivation and related psychological needs between dropouts and school-going students in secondary vocational education. Although the number of dropouts in secondary vocational education in the Netherlands is slowly decreasing, we are still dealing with an impressive number of students who quit school prematurely. Dropouts face a future in which entering the labour market is found difficult. Besides possible unemployment, an increased risk of delinquency or behavioural problems could occur, as well as mental problems. A questionnaire was disseminated to students who left secondary vocational education in their previous year (dropouts) and students still attending secondary vocational education (school-going students). The respondents were 36 dropouts and 72 school-going students. Results revealed that dropouts indicated that they need a fair and psychological engagement with their teachers, need supportive peers, emotional engagement, and creativity in classroom work. If these needs are met, the chance that dropouts won’t drop out might be lower and will stay at school to achieve a diploma in their own autonomous way.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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